This is an industrial film produced for B. F. Goodrich Co.
Stars: Harry Langdon and Monte Collins
October 20, 2012
Not Politically Correct in 2012
In 1935, this comedy short was used to drum up business for tire manufacturer B.F. Goodrich. Here, from 1935, are racial stereotypes in all their glory.
We see the black telephone operator reading the book “365 Ways to Fry Chicken.” His name (as listed at IMDB) is Fred 'Snowflake' Toones. The nickname ‘Snowflake’ would now be seen to have drug overtones and is not PC in 2012. He is at one point told to ‘tend to bidness. ‘ The intro so resembled a modern parody of racial stereotypes that I had to watch twice.
Since I am supposed to be counting the traffic violations Harry makes, the first thing I notice (although nobody else seems to) is Harry’s drunk driving and his parking next to the fire hydrant while hammered. I suppose drunk drivers were amusing in 1935, just like Negro stereotypes were ‘powerful funny.’ This is of course not PC in 2012.
Here is the plot - our drunk hero returns to his car being ticketed for parking in front of the aforementioned fireplug. Harry ditches the cop and while speeding away, runs a red light.
Finding himself yet unmolested by the police, Harry then parks to do some last minute shopping, facing the wrong way in a no parking zone – right in front of a cop. After avoiding detection by the good officer, his journey continues as he nearly runs down several people who were leaving a trolley.
When at last stopped by the police, our crapulent champion again escapes under fortuitous circumstances, and once more parks his car in the street to do yet more shopping - all the while his best man is trying to ruin him by calling the police on him. Unwittingly evading capture, he runs a stop sign, continues to speed and makes other suicidal maneuvers in his car.
When at last he arrives at his wedding, he presents his gift of a canary to his betrothed. During the ceremony, someone gets the canary drunk. Finding a way into the birdcage, a cat eats our liquor sodden, feathered friend. The movie ends with a dozen cops, two holding ‘Tommy guns,’ attacking a single unarmed man.
OK. So that last part might fly in 2012, but the rest are definitely not socially acceptable depictions of human behavior.
More un - PC moments:
6:58: 'What’s making those queer sounds?'
16:36: 'It’s OKKK?'
All told, I found this very politically incorrect promotional tool to be a hoot.
I plan to go to my nearest BF Goodrich dealer and see if I can claim a prize for finding the most racial stereotypes and politically incorrect behavior. I wonder what my prize will be?